From Hospital to Home: Benefits of Home Care

One of the most significant challenges hospitals face in reducing readmission rates (when a patient is readmitted within 30 days of their discharge) is keeping their patients actively engaged in their own health, recovery, and care.   Readmission, in many...

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Medicaid Continues to Expand: Good or Bad?

Re-posting an article summary...Medicaid spending is something we should be thinking about! Millions of men, women, and children across the country rely on Medicaid for their healthcare. While the program was initially designed to support the elderly, it expanded through...

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What to Know About Home Care

For many of our elderly parents, the time often comes when older adults realize they need a little more help in managing daily activities.   These needs may be simple, and subtle.  Assistance reading the prescription bottles every morning...

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Cancer Screening for Women

With people living longer these days, it is expected that by 2050, approximately 70 million individuals will reach age 65 and older. (That is approximately double the current age/population.) Obviously, this expansion of the elderly population will require more...

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Honoring Our Service Members

Timely re-post from the Social Security Administration as we approach Memorial Day... "Traditionally, on Memorial Day we honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. The unexpected loss of a service member is a difficult experience for the...

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Cholesterol and Dangers for Elderly

When elderly parents — or any of us — get a blood test for cholesterol, the laboratory takes measures on levels of High Cholesterol (HDL), and Low Cholesterol (LDL). The total combined number for HDL and LDL should, optimally,...

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Cholesterol

What is cholesterol? And why should we all pay attention? We all carry cholesterol, which is a waxy, fat-like substance – made by the liver and found in some foods – that circulates in the bloodstream and is vital to...

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Avoid Errors Upon Discharge Home

There are a variety of challenges facing elderly patients when discharged from a medical facility. -- Is your elderly parent really ready for discharge? Is he/she safe to be sent home? -- Medication changes: many times, prescription drugs will be changed...

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Transitioning Home From Acute Care

In the mind of a senior, many times they feel they are "better", or "cured" upon discharge from a hospital or rehabilitation facility. Especially when they arrive back home, where the surroundings are familiar and they can return to...

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Hike in Medicare Premiums

There are changes being implemented in the Medicare program. Medicare beneficiaries at higher income levels will feel the brunt of the cost change. For example, individuals with incomes above $85,000 (or more than $170,000 for married couples) will see the...

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